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Signs your cat might have Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a common syndrome that results in the inflammation of a cat’s bladder and/or urethra.  FLUTD causes cats distress and significant discomfort, left untreated it can cause stones to form in the bladder or life-threatening blockages of the urethra. 
 
Signs your cat might have FLUTD include:
  • Urinating in unusual locations
  • Urinating too frequently
  • Seems to be in pain when it urinates
  • Has blood in its urine
  • Has very strong smelling urine
  • Licks its genital area more than usual
  • Tries to urinate but is unable to pass a stream.
FLUTD can be caused by different factors, including:
  • Improper mineral balance in the diet 
  • Low urine pH (alkaline)
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses Excessive immune reactions
  • Infrequent urination
  • Insufficient water intake
  • Stress 
  • Obesity 
  • Tumours in the urinary tract.
Cats are much more susceptible to FLUTD when two or more of these factors occur together.  Often this is diagnosed with a urine test, which can be done at Our Vet.
 
If you notice any of the above symptoms or a change in your cat’s behaviour, talk to Our Vet.